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LESSON 4 | Evergreen Textures & Foliage – Crocker Nurseries

Everyone seems to be drawn to flowers. In case you have numerous “impulse buys” in your yard, they’re greater than probably flowering crops. We are going to speak about flowers and flowering shrubs and timber within the subsequent lesson, however on this lesson we’re going to get you to look extra carefully at foliage texture and colour.

Sadly, nearly all of flowering crops are in flower throughout a interval much less that half of the yr. So what in regards to the different half? Board up the home and go to Florida? Why not design your gardens with the concept you’ll be having fun with them yr spherical?  Why not invite crops into your yard that may “Wow” you in the course of the winter as a result of it’s this time of yr which you can truly see and admire the intricacies of leaf and needle sample and colour and texture of evergreen foliage.

Photograph courtesy of Iseli Nursery.

We’ve got gone over normal format of crops in a mattress so you’ve a tenet of the dimensions and unfold of the crops that ought to go within the area. Now what crops? One of many greatest errors of novice gardeners is to purchase all perennials, annuals and flowering shrubs for his or her basis plantings. This seems to be wonderful in the summertime and early fall however by Nov 1st, all the pieces is gone. The ethical of the story is to plan for all seasons. That begins with evergreens. They’re the “bones” of your panorama.

Does an evergreen= an evergreen = an evergreen??

Completely not! There are lots of various kinds of evergreens beginning with the 2 main classifications: Needle evergreens (leaves which might be composed of small or lengthy needles) and Broadleaf evergreens (Evergreen leaves which might be small to giant however leaf-like) . Inside these classifications is an excessive amount of selection and textures and colours of foliage.  Mixing these textures creates an excessive amount of curiosity. Mixing them with coordinating flowering crops may be excellent. Beneath are some very attention-grabbing evergreens which you can incorporate into your design. They’re under no circumstances the whole checklist however they’re very distinctive and can get you to start out noticing what is accessible.

Photograph courtesy of Iseli Nursery.

Chamaecyparis obtusa “Nana Gracilis’ – Dwarf Hinoki Cypress together with the opposite cultivars of Hinoki Cypress have distinctive fan-like darkish inexperienced foliage. Relying on the range they develop from 2’- 12’ tall. They’ve very dense, layered foliage that creates a really distinctive look within the backyard. Due to the very darkish inexperienced foliage, they are going to enable lighter crops to pop!

Camelllias – Camellias have wonderful flowers that appear like roses. Nonetheless their foliage is simply as gorgeous. Since their blooming time is late Fall into early Spring, these lovely shrubs are largely appreciated for his or her foliage throughout late Spring, Summer time and early Fall. The straightforward leaves are very shiny and most are serrated (little tooth alongside the sides). They make an excellent background for different flowering crops due to their darkish inexperienced colour and shininess of their leaves.

Chamaecyparis pisifera filifera Aurea Mop – Okay, this plant is simply enjoyable trying. And the golden colour is unbelievable! Keep in mind- the extra solar it will get, the brighter yellow will probably be. The weeping type makes it actually stand out amongst different shrubs. It seems to be nice with different conifers in shades of blues and darkish inexperienced. Additionally should you can plant it above a rock wall or in a rock backyard, it should drape over gracefully.

Pinus strobus ‘Blue Shag’- This dwarf number of Japanese White Pine is a beautiful addition to any backyard. It has lengthy, smooth, blue-green needles which you can’t assist however run you fingers by way of. It loves full solar and it’s a gradual grower however can attain 6’ throughout in time. It could combine properly with blue or yellow flowering perennials and even yellow foliage conifers.

Prunus Laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ – This compact broadleaf evergreen is a cultivar of Cherry Laurel. It grows 3-4’ tall and 6-8’ large and tolerates shade. The shiny darkish inexperienced leaves are slim and level upward giving the plant a novel type.  It blooms within the Spring, however after the blooms go by, it has a stupendous darkish inexperienced look that may give an ideal backdrop to the colours of the shade backyard.

Euonymus japonica ‘Aureo-marginata’-  This evergreen shrub has inexperienced leaves edged in gold- that’s the way it obtained it’s latin identify Aureo (gold) Marginata ( Border or Margins). It grows in solar to half shade however the rule of yellow foliage crops is that the extra solar, the extra yellow. The colourful foliage could be very dense so it might make an excellent backdrop or low hedge to develop different smaller crops in entrance. It could make a pleasant specimen combined with dwarf conifers in a totally evergreen backyard. It grows 5-10’ tall and 4-6’ large, however may be saved decrease with pruning.

Picea pungent ‘Globosa’- This Globe Blue Spruce provides you the fantastic thing about a treasured Blue Spruce with out the large dimension. The gorgeous vibrant blue needles preserve their colour all yr spherical. This shrub actually is simply too spectacular for use as something however a specimen. It’s gradual rising however will finally attain 3-5’ tall and 5-6’ large. It prefers solar however will take just a little shade. Planting this together with different cool colours and whites can be beautiful.

Pinus mugo ‘Valley Cushion’- This dwarf Mugo Pine is even a extra compact model. Mugos have such a particular look and have been a staple within the Cape Cod panorama for many years. The candles that reach upwards are very distinctive and provides this plant an uncommon texture and type. This explicit selection will get only one’ tall however will unfold 4’ large. It’s worthy of a being a specimen plant in an area all its personal.

Ilex x meservaea ‘Blue Princess’- This is likely one of the hottest feminine hybrid holly alternatives. So far as texture, these beautiful leaves, have all of it. They’ve a lot texture, they could chunk. A holly, effectively positioned within the yard will give seasons of enjoyment to you and your wildlife. A holly grower as soon as informed me {that a} holly will take solar and can take wind, however not each. So in his thoughts, the perfect placement can be half shade and safety. These are acid-loving and do desire soil with natural matter.  This hybrid with develop 10-15’ tall and 8-10’ large.

Cedrus deodora ’Snow Sprite’- This plant is like nothing you’ve ever seen! It’s a dwarf mounding collection of Himalayan cedar. Within the spring it has dramatic ivory-white new development which turns creamy yellow in the summertime. This conifer grows in a good irregularly mounding type and can attain 3’ tall and a couple of.5’ large.  That is so shockingly lovely, it must stand alone and be admired. I might pair this with tight-growing gray foliaged perennials.

These usually are not the one evergreens with attention-grabbing foliage however they’re a few of our favorites. Inside every of those teams are many different varieties and cultivars. The trick is to note them. Go to the nursery earlier than the flowers are out and look within the fields and the show gardens and see how lovely and distinctive evergreens may be and use these because the bones within the backyard design.  This can give your design extra construction and you may then fill round it with flowering, deciduous shrubs, perennials and grasses.  As we now have realized in earlier classes, all the time be sure to know the eventual dimension of the shrub and provides it the room it must develop to maturity. Have enjoyable!



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